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posticon Hsu Wins Regional Lions Club Peace Poster Prize

Around Town | Friday, January 20, 2017 | By Dan Veaner Print
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Peace Poster WinnersLansing Lion Noni Krom with the six Lansing Peace Poster winners, including Larissa Hsu (right), whose entry has made it to the state competition.

Six young artists were honored by the Lansing Lions Club Monday for their winning entries in the Lions Peace Poster contest.  This was Larissa Hsu's second win, which took her and fellow first prize winner Sean Anderson to the regional competition.  Hsu's entry was then chosen to go on to the state competition.

"Lions Club International sponsors a Peace Poster contest every year," said Lansing Lion Noni Krom.  "This year Larissa Hsu's poster has gone to the state competition.  She won our Lansing contest, she won the district contest, and now she's made it to the State.  It's really quite a thing because it's international, and there are thousands of entries.  It's something that we finally have a young lady that has gone this far."

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posticon STEAM 2.0 Month Begins Monday

Around Town | Friday, January 20, 2017 | By Dan Veaner Print
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STEAM Month

Next Monday kicks off the Lansing PTSO's (Parent Teacher Student Organization) second annual STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics) month.  Dubbed STEAM 2.0, the month of activities is designed to offer unique, fun, and different kinds of experiences to get Lansing students excited about learning while providing a fun alternative to the winter doldrums.

"This started last year in response to feedback about winter doldrums," said PTSO President Kristin Hopkins.  "We rolled this out last year and it was a tremendous success.  We worked across our community.  We took input from parents and teachers and students about what they enjoy about STEAM and what they would want to do.  We worked with the community and Cornell and Ithaca College and the resources that we have to design specific activities and programs that expands upon the classroom learning in a hands-on format along with providing a community activity."

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posticon Code Red Robotics Build Season Begins

Around Town | Friday, January 20, 2017 | By Karina Burbank Print
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Code Red Robotics' Build Season has officially begun! Code Red Robotics is an Ithaca High School student club, and one of over 3,000 teams that compete in the high-school division of FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology.) Each year, FIRST releases a game-like challenge for all high-school robotics teams in the world. The teams have six weeks from that day to build a 120 lb. robot to compete in the game.

Last year, Code Red Robotics and their robot were able to win a regional competition, and an award giving them a NASA grant qualifying them to compete in World Championships. At the World Championship event, Code Red ranked among the top 2% of teams.

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posticon New Roots Charter School Awarded Five Year Charter Renewal

Around Town | Friday, January 20, 2017 | By Remanu Steele Print
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On Thursday, January 5, 2017, the State University of New York's Board of Trustees Committee on Charter Schools awarded New Roots Charter School a five-year charter renewal without conditions by unanimous vote. The school's third charter term will be from July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2022.

The Renewal Recommendation Report states, "New Roots' academic program is strong, effective, and embodies its mission and vision of creating an academic program characterized by education for sustainability as an integrating principle for applied interdisciplinary studies."

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posticon Project FeederWatch Soars Into 30th Year

Around Town | Friday, January 20, 2017 | By Lindsey Hadlock Print
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feederwatch CardinalsGraphic courtesy of Lindsey Hadlock

This winter, Project FeederWatch – a citizen-science program where participants track birds visiting their backyard feeders from November to April – celebrates its 30th anniversary.

The program which mobilizes 20,000 citizen scientists across North America and features one of the largest databases of feeder bird populations in the world also shows how technology has helped citizen science grow bigger in unexpected ways.

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posticon Within Reach - Goose Watch Winery

Around Town | Friday, January 20, 2017 | By Monroe Payne, Monroe Payne Photography Print
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Within reachSometimes the best time to visit a winery is in the winter. While the rest of the world is hidden in their cubicles or huddled over their heaters, the wineries are open and welcoming of visitors – and you can actually converse with their people and learn something about the wine!

It is a cold January day, driving the 30 or so miles up the West side of Cayuga Lake to visit Goose Watch Winery. I'm making the trip expressly because of a new wine they have created; the very first from the Aramello grape. The first Aramello wine became available last year and now the 2015 vintage is available at Goose Watch exclusively.

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posticon Dear Margaret - Frustrated Mom of Teen

Around Town | Friday, January 20, 2017 | By Margaret Snow Print
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dearmargaretDear Margaret: My daughter is now 14 and up until now she has been a dream. She was responsible, needed little discipline, and was pure joy. She has been hanging out with a new group of girls at school, and I'm afraid they are a bad influence on her. I don't want to forbid her from seeing her friends as a punishment, but I'm beginning to be at a loss as to how to deal with this new behavior. She talks back, slams doors, and generally pushes boundaries. I know early teens can be a challenge, but this is beyond what I expected. How can I get the respect a parent deserves without going to extremes by limiting her social life?
Frustrated Mom of Teen

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Jim Parks is most widely known as the veteran host of HGTV's remodeling show, "New Spaces," which has been enjoyed by television audiences for over nine years.  Today's Green Minute was born as Jim was doing research for a magazine series. He discovered the wealth of innovation being generated in the green world and set out to write a weekly newspaper column. An audio podcast version soon followed, and now video.  One of the things The Lansing Star is proud of is that we are a green, electronic newspaper.  You don't even have to recycle the Star.  This feature offers more on how to make your world greener.  Every few weeks a new episode will be added so check back often.

Click here to view Today's Green Minute.